A tarp is necessary in many instances for securing freight on a trailer. Think safety when fastening a tarp on a flatbed or step-deck truck. Flatbed truck tarp safety requires special care. Otherwise, you risk serious injury, not to mention improperly fastened freight that can come loose during transport. We’ll explain what to do when working with tarps to secure cargo.
How to Fasten a Tarp on a Flatbed in North America
1. Wear Safety Gear
- hard hat
- safety goggles
- work gloves
- long pants
- steel-toed work boots
2. Use a Forklift
Tarps are heavier than they look; the average tarp weighs in at around 80 pounds. Instead of trying to get the tarp on the bed of the trailer by hand, work smarter not harder. Use a forklift.
3. Use the Right Tarp
Tarps are meant to be reused. With that in mind, we recommend heavy vinyl tarps, which can withstand rain and ultraviolet radiation. These are more durable compared to tarps made from canvas or polyethylene. Assess your cargo when choosing a tarp as well. Tarps are made specifically for lumber, steel and smoke–to protect freight from exhaust.
4. Unroll the Tarp the Right Way
Tarps should be unrolled facing forwards and never backwards. When securing the tarp over the top of the load, be sure to stay within the load’s center line.
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You may not need a tarp at all if your freight is being transported via LTL or another truck with an enclosed bed. Contact Machine Transport for help determining what kind of carrier or line-haul shipper is required. Contact us today for a quote or to discuss your specific project.
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